In Herbaceous, you take turns adding herbs to your private garden as well as the community garden. The goal is to wait until just the right moments to pick herbs and pot them in your planters to maximize your points and win the game. Educational benefits of this game include mental math (in the scoring) and learning to identify ten different herbs.
On your turn, you first have the option to pot herbs. You do this by picking cards from the community garden in the middle of the table as well as from your private garden in front of you that match the requirements of one of your pots. Then place the cards face down under the selected pot. You may not add to that pot again, so make sure to wait until you are satisfied with the cards you have to choose from, but don't wait too long or the other players will take them.
After potting (or choosing not to), draw a card. Decide whether you want to plant the herb you drew into the community garden or your private garden and lay it down. Then, draw another card. This new herb goes in the garden not chosen with the first card. Thus, you are putting a card in both the community garden and your private garden every turn.
Once all the herbs have been planted, play continues until everyone has potted everything they are able to. You score points for each of your containers with herbs potted in them, plus one point per card left in your private garden.
Looking to spice it up a little bit? Try the flavor pack mini expansion. It adds just a couple cards that will come up during play to mix things up. This adds a fun little twist during the game without making it longer or more complicated. You can purchase Herbaceous and the Flavor Pack here.